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The polls open in Argentina to decide between the permanence of Macri or the consecration of Fernández

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 27 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The electoral colleges of Argentina have already opened their doors so that almost 34 million voters decide between the renewal of the mandate of the current president, Mauricio Macri, or the proclamation of Alberto Fernández, seconded by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as an aspirant to the Vice Presidency.

To be able to assume the Government as of December 10, the presidential formula that is imposed must obtain 45 percent of the valid votes or 40 percent, with a difference greater than 10 percent with the second. If this requirement is not met, a second round of elections will be held on November 24 between the two most voted.

The polls open in Argentina to decide between the permanence of Macri or the consecration of Fernández
The polls open in Argentina to decide between the permanence of Macri or the consecration of Fernández

In the Primary, Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory (STEP) elections held last August, Fernández, former Chief of Staff of Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007), had already outdone Macri by 16 points.

But many in Argentina do not focus on their figure, but on their candidate for vice president, former president Fernández Kirchner (2007-2015), who surprised a good part of the citizenship when she announced, in May, that she would not run to return to lead the country, but it would be the second on the list of the pragmatic lawyer.

His rival at the polls, President Macri, who has ruled since 2015, attends the election appointment plunged in popularity due to the economic difficulties that have arisen since April 2018.

The country's GDP will fall at least 3 percent this year and unemployment already exceeds 10 percent, in a country affected by an international reserves leak, accentuated after Fernandez's victory in the August primaries.

Macri came to power promising that his pro-market reforms would activate the Argentine economy and end the structural problems of the country's finances, which grew 2.7% in 2015.

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